Recap: Startup Grind Lansing Hosts Camron Gnass

We had another educational, inspirational, networking heavy event last Thursday!

Last Thursday was another awesome Startup Grind Lansing event! It was a great feeling driving up to the MSUFCU (thanks for hosting us!) building knowing it would be buzzing with entrepreneurs in 60 minutes.

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Productive Networking

As one of the organizers I always worry about people having a good time networking. I try and personally greet everyone as they arrive. Unfortunately with an event of this size I miss a few people as they come in.

My worst fear is someone will feel awkward or unwelcome at the event. I'm thrilled to believe all the attendees have felt welcome. I have been thrilled at both of our events to see attendees engaged with each other. Everyone is connecting, talking, and building friendships. When I scan for people who aren't engaged I see the attendees connecting and smiling. It feels great. After our events I hear of people strengthening the friendships they built at Startup Grind connections with coffees and business meetings.

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It is great Startup Grind is strengthening the Lansing startup community.

Education & Inspiration

Camron Gnass (Traction founder) did an awesome job as an interviewee. He put it all on the line, the good, the bad, and the pretty.

Here are some of the lessons Cam shared:


  • Started Traction with $300

  • Survived family difficulties

  • Extreme cash flow management

  • Overcame fraud

  • Has never had to lay off an employee

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Want the details? Watch Camron's full interview. It's due. (thanks Nick Kwiatkowski!)

Wondering what a Grind is like? Have a look at our photo album. (thanks Josh Ames!)

10K b2b customers in 5 years?

March 19th (save the date) Zach Steindler from Olark will talk about their crazy growth. Nuff said? RSVP now.


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Thanks to our generous sponsors for making the event possible.


Sycamore Creek ChurchSycamore Creek Church is curious (questions welcome), creative (we imagine, experiment, and get things done), and compassionate (we welcome everyone). We meet on Sundays at our S. Penn Venue (1919 S Penn) at 9:30 & 11AM and Mondays at our "Church in a Diner" venue at Jackie's Diner (3812 S MLK) at 7PM. Our long-term vision is to launch seven satellites in seven venues on seven days of the week. At Sycamore Creek Church you’ll hear great music and practical, understandable teaching all in an informal setting where you can come dressed in whatever makes you comfortable. #sccmi 517-394-6100

Capitol MacintoshCapitol Macintosh is a locally owned Apple Authorized Reseller, Apple Authorized Service Provider. There are over 2500 Apple service providers in North America and we have been in the elite 20 honored as a Premium Service Provider. A distinction we are very proud of. We sell Apple computers, accessories, and service all makes and models of Apple computers - in or out of warranty.

Spartan InnovationsSpartan Innovations provides the educational and financial support necessary to turn MSU research technologies into successful Michigan businesses – and spur entrepreneurship in the Michigan economy.